Photojournalism and Twitter: the speed that news is spread

In the activity about Twitter called “Scavenger Hunt” the journalism students could see the importance of this network for the speed of information. We had to think like reporters and to do information with 140 characters. Moreover, we thought as photojournalist. Twitter is a tool for creating and a way to reach many people almost immediately.

A tweet was about something you think many people might not know about your campus. In this case, the tweet was: Juan M., lifeguard of USJ swimming pool: “free entrance to the pool for all USJ students”.

A tweet was about something you think many people might not know about your campus. In this case, the tweet was: Juan M., lifeguard of USJ swimming pool: “free entrance to the pool for all USJ students”.

We had to make 10 tweets in three hours. Time was critical and we had to find sources and interesting photos at the same time.

We followed the instructions of each tweet. The tweets had to be about an international student or teacher, about the weather, about a favorite scenic spot on or near campus, about the role that social media plays in our society, etc..

We had difficulties in this activity. Sometimes we had a good photo but uninteresting information or when we had interesting information we had not a good photo. We knew that this was an activity to do tweets with right information and photos.

Ricardo Zugasti, teacher of Communication in San Jorge University, said that Twitter allows you to promote yourself.

Ricardo Zugasti, teacher of Communication in San Jorge University, said that Twitter allows you to promote yourself.

We had to make tweets quickly but considering the quality of the information and the language of the photos.  Twitter “Scavenger Hunt” was an interesting activity where we realized the importance of using twitter correctly as journalists.

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Hashtag de la actividad: #JRLUSJ

http://www.twitterjournalism.com/2011/12/02/10-tips-for-making-the-most-of-twitter/

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